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[tran-send] /trænˈsɛnd/
verb (used with object)
to rise above or go beyond; overpass; exceed:
to transcend the limits of thought; kindness transcends courtesy.
to outdo or exceed in excellence, elevation, extent, degree, etc.; surpass; excel.
Theology. (of the Deity) to be above and independent of (the universe, time, etc.).
verb (used without object)
to be transcendent or superior; excel:
His competitiveness made him want to transcend.
Origin of transcend
1300-50; Middle English < Latin trānscendere to surmount, equivalent to trāns- trans- + -scendere, combining form of scandere to climb
Related forms
transcendingly, adverb
untranscended, adjective
2. outstrip. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for transcended
  • For the bad and good have always been transcended, in my case.
  • The security for those core needs has transcended to the ability to create the financial resources to buy those things.
  • Some of the discussion transcended the usual gripe-and-groan routine, however.
  • But the torch and the opening ceremony transcended those rather sordid origins, and it became this wonderful tradition.
  • But he survived that moment and transcended it and it actually gave him more strength.
  • Cooper's remarkable life transcended his humble origins as a nearly illiterate wheelwright and his flamboyantly flawed ethics.
  • No scientist before or since has so completely transcended the role of expert to become a universal emblem of reason.
  • Now he has transcended both his first modern period and his retro period.
  • The holy cause was now universal, and transcended the limits of any merely local legislation.
  • The whole experience of making those films transcended even what they mean to people.
British Dictionary definitions for transcended


to go above or beyond (a limit, expectation, etc), as in degree or excellence
(transitive) to be superior to
(philosophy, theol) (esp of the Deity) to exist beyond (the material world)
Derived Forms
transcendingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin trānscendere to climb over, from trans- + scandere to climb
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Word Origin and History for transcended



mid-14c., from Latin transcendere "climb over or beyond, surmount," from trans- "beyond" (see trans-) + scandere "to climb" (see scan (v.)). Related: Transcended; transcending.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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